Some cities moved quickly to repeal handgun bans since the U.S. Supreme Court in June established an individual right to gun ownership, while others plan to defend their bans in court battles with the National Rifle Association, reports USA Today. The NRA filed at least five lawsuits after a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling struck down a handgun ban in Washington, D.C. The pending cases will determine whether the Supreme Court decision also applies to state and local governments, says Wayne LaPierre, NRA executive vice president.
Chicago, Oak Park, and Evanston, Ill., and the San Francisco Housing Authority are being sued by the NRA. Dennis Henigan of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says the Supreme Court also left open questions about what restrictions can be placed on gun ownership. “There is going to be a lot of litigation on this,” he says. Most other handgun bans are in Illinois because it’s one of just three states where state laws don’t automatically pre-empt local ordinances. The others are Hawaii and Nebraska.